Fireworks soared into the sky above the Sydney Opera House as they do every year, but the harbor city below was a ghost town, a fittingly creepy send-off for a year that won't be missed.
The city precinct was restricted to those with restaurant and hotel bookings amid efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus, as local clusters continue to spread.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was the focal point for the show, with Sydney deciding to press ahead with a shortened fireworks display.
Across the Tasman in New Zealand it was a different story as Auckland became one of the first places in the world to usher in 2021.
Revellers on the waterfront watched the five-minute fireworks display from the Sky Tower, with brightly coloured fireworks and laser lighting shooting into the night sky over the city's harbor.
In the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic originated a year ago, thousands gathered across the city center for the countdown to 2021, as life in the city has largely returned to normal.
While in the Indian beach resort of Goa, tourists and locals alike watched the sun set on 2020.
In Europe, New Year's Eve will be a far quieter affair.
When the clocks strike midnight in France, the country will be under a strict curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The government says no more than six adults should be gathered around the table.
It's a similar situation in Spain.
Madrid's central Sol Square, where thousands of people traditionally gather for New Year celebrations, will be closed from 10 p.m., as authorities continue to encourage people to stay home.